By Stephen Schenck | July 1, 2013 4:24 PM
The Surface RT sure has had its share of detractors, but for as many places where Microsoft missed the mark with this tablet, it sure came through with the Surface Pro. From hardware to software, the Pro version of the tablet rectified a whole bunch of our big issues with the Surface RT, and it’s since gotten even better: when launching the tablet in Japan, Microsoft revealed a new, high-capacity 256GB edition. So far relegated to Asia, that 256GB Surface Pro is about to become available to a lot more users, as Microsoft brings the tablet to the US.
WPCentral noticed the 256GB Pro showing its head on a retailer’s site, and managed to follow that up shortly with official confirmation from Microsoft.
The manufacturer claims that this version of the Surface Pro will have limited availability, and while we’re not yet sure just how restricted sales might be, you should still be able to get an order in online if you’re interested. Based on early retailer indication, expect to pay around $1200 for the tablet.
Of course, even with this additional Surface option you’ll still need to ask yourself: is now a smart time to buy any new Surface model, or will second-gen models be just around the corner? So far, we haven’t seen much hard evidence, but rumors make it seem like new Surface hardware could be just about to drop.